Where to Dine Out on Christmas (And Why You Should!)

eating out on christmas dayAre you super burned out on the holidays, already? Tired of baking, cooking, cleaning, and entertaining? Are you dreading the day-long event of preparing food that some people may not even appreciate? Or, perhaps, you aren't even celebrating Christmas and don't want to be forced to stay home. You're in luck! Because tons of chain restaurants are actually open on that holy day for Christians, ready to cater to everyone who doesn't celebrate, or simply wants a great reason to escape from their homes on December 25th.

You know what? You should totally do this -- reveler or not.


First of all, you can start the day at Dunkin' Donuts and fill up on some of the best coffee and donuts in town. But don't stop there! Head over to Denny's to enjoy a Moon Over MyHammy, or to Applebee's for some Double Barrel Whiskey Sirloins. That'll get the merriment started. You can check out the entire list on The Huffington Post, and start dreaming about stuffed crust pizza and buffalo wings right now.

But for the fancy in your crew, here are some more upscale dining options, hopefully in your neighborhood:

New York City

Balthazar - Call now for reservations at Balthazar, the famed SOHO spot where you can get your fancy French dinner in style. Bonus -- perhaps all the douchey media types won't be there since it's not a work day.


Smith & Wollensky -- Why not go to the ultimate steak house while you're celebrating the season? Gangsters not included.


Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian will give you a completely different twist on Christmas dining. And you should go with it.

Los Angeles

Campanile - The James Beard Award winning, historic building that Charlie Chaplin had built is your perfect Hollywood indulgence on Christmas.

San Francisco

The Stinking Rose -- You must be a fan of garlic to get your Italian eat on at The Stinking Rose. But if traditional Italian, heavy on the bulb, appeals to you, you can sit down for a Christmas dinner on the 25th.


Market by Jean Georges -- The perfect way to find culinary heaven on Christmas Day, head to the W hotel where this Jean Georges joint will be ready to serve.


Craft - If you haven't tried Tom Colicchio's Craft restaurants yet, there's no time like Christmas in Dallas to indulge.

Will you go out to eat on Christmas?


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